Top Ten Most Underrated Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Classical

Classical is one of the most fundamental genres of music; the basis for all of the main ones today. It's complex mix of rhythm and notes makes for some of the most beautiful songs in existence. People need to work there way up to classical music. From the basics like pop to rock, then to more complex music like jazz and classical.

My explanation of why this is number 1: they inspired jazz artists which inspired early rock (Elvis, Chuck Berry etc) those inspired classic rock and so on. Basically if classical did not exist classic rock metal jazz blues wouldn't exist either.

I guess classical is just one of those genres that I have massive respect for, but don't like very much. As a guitarist, I an tell you this is one of the hardest genres to play. It is very technical and even I, a guitarist of four years, cannot play half of this genre. Classical deserves to be at the top.

I don't fully understand people who say that music without lyrics is "not real music." Almost all, if not all classical pieces don't have lyrics, and classical is the absolute purest, most "real" form of music, at least in my opinion. Sure, it may not be my most listened to genre. Not by a long shot. But I still have an overwhelming amount of respect for classical music and the talented composers behind it. - Atham

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2 Progressive Metal

I can understand Classical at number 1 but ALTERNATIVE OVER PROG? No, just no. Prog is an underrated genre that deserves a listen. Or two. Or five. - MusicalPony

Bands such as Animals as Leaders and Dream Theatre play very technical, interesting music that really needs more recognition.

Prog metal is so technical, no one really appreciates how hard it is to play good prog.

This is one good ass genre

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3 Jazz Jazz

If people actually tried to listen deeply to jazz and understand the artist and composers feelings they wouldn't hate. Everyone disses jazz but they don't even give it a bloody try, they conform to society like the rest of everyone else

Not everyone who hates jazz is a conformist. Personally I don't like Jazz because it doesn't suit my music taste. However, Jazz drumming is an aspect that I enjoy from time to time, being a drummer myself. Honestly, that's why jazz lacks popularity, it's a musicians music. You don't study music / play an instrument, you probably don't like jazz. - Azerix

Jazz is seriously underrated. A lot of young people just don't want to give it a shot. I mean, I'm not hating on Rap, Metal, Pop, Rock or any other popular genre, as a matter of fact I listen to every one of those, but it seems like that's all most people want to listen to and they don't want to expand on their taste. Why not try out jazz, classical, orchestra, blues, ambient, new age, electronic, or any other unique genre out there. Seriously, if you at least give some of them a try, I guarantee you'll find something you like. Shoot, I even listen to the music from ' Cirque du Soliel, and why? Because it sounds GREAT! - Mcgillacuddy

No one understands jazz, they think because no one listens to it that its not good. The chord structure and harmony and happiness is far superior to other genres like pop and heavy metal

Metal was one of the worst examples you could have just picked seeing as though it doesn't amount to the technicality of jazz but is also more technical than most genres. Try rock and roll or something. - Azerix

Jazz doesn't sucks! Jazz is one of the best Music Genres - CedreticFomento

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4 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

If you haven't listened to Prog, you don't know what real music is. Prog Rock is great music, and should be liked more. Literally, Just listen to Genesis, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and you will enjoy Prog Rock. Some of my favorites include, Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), Roundabout (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Metropolis (Dream Theater), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), and Lamplight Symphony (Kansas).

It's so underrated that it's not even in the top ten in this list. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, and Rush! It really can't get any better than that. It requires such talent to play progressive rock.

Glad to see this spectacular genre made it into the Top 10 at last. A very underrated and overlooked genre. Difficult to get into at first, but when you "acquire the taste" for it (if that made you think of a large red tongue, you have a great taste in music) it's extraordinarily addictive and expands your imagination in infinite directions.

My friend used to be a huge grunge fan. Until I got him to listen to bands Like King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis, Van Der Graaf Generator, Camel etc. I kind of feel bad because one day he told me that he didn’t like grunge anymore. That might be true with everyone. Like it or not Prog is on top of the totem pole only to be beat out by classical music. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

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5 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

Alternative is overrated. Everyone is always obsessing about how under rated it is but if so many people love it so much then it is not alternative anymore, nor is it under rated.

Alternative rock is awesome think of hole I don't like courtney loves music but I can't say her band is bad. Other alternative rock bands are awesome!

Most of the people from my school don't know what is alternative music! They only care about pop and rap. - SamuiNeko

I don't find this overrated, but definitely not underrated. - Gruunge

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6 Ambient

Really good for studying, and it get's your head in the game and motivated when you need it. Also ambient songs are really long so you never run out. Also most Ambient songs are really good.

I love ambient music! It’s one of my favorite genres to listen to on a stressful day!

7 Space Rock

Anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd?!

Nobody acknowledges how awesome space rock truly is! - HollyRolo

Pink Floyd, some of Tool's stuff, and Thirty Seconds To Mars' first album are all great space rock! - AngryByrd

Hawkwind? - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

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8 Chillstep

Hardly anyone knows what chillstep is. It's chillout/dubstep. And that may sound counter-intuitive, but it's incredible. The dubstep atmosphere is completely changed to give one an aural massage, and the result is often soothing, haunting and beautifully harmonic all at once. - PositronWildhawk

Okay this is actually one of my favorite genres because it's very relaxing and it can spark a listeners' imaginations - Mcgillacuddy

Chillstep is beautifully haunting and will send shivers down your spine

Chill out music mixed with Dubstep is so cool. - DynastiNoble

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9 Electronic

Would definitely say so. My favourite genre. So sad that people don't appreciate the genius behind it all that well. Electronic musicians really put a lot of thought and time into making unique and brilliant sounds. They are truly gifted in their genre. - PositronWildhawk

In my whole school and this is a highschool by the way we took a survey on what music genres we new and electronic was like only 100 something kids while there like 1000s of us there

Electronic musics are the most hard to make and requires some really good person and not like some other bloke out there just born and started singing

Industrial(Which also has Rock influences),Drum&Bass,Ambient and Trance are some underrated genres of electronic music and as well as the best electronic music genres.I'm mostly into Alternative Rock and Rap/Hip Hop but I like some electronic music.Most of it being the 4 genres I just mentioned.-DarkBoi-X

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10 Punk Rock Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

Punk music is real, if people would listen to it, they'd realize that. Like my friend won't listen to anything other than bubble gum pop.

Me plays emo
Friend covers ears before a single chord is played
Me plays punk
Friend covers ears before anything is done
Me plays indie rock
Friend runs away
Me plays indie rap
Friend whines for half an hour
Me plays indie pop
Friend devotes all energy into not giving it a single chance

Punk music had these things called instruments, and real voices, and angst, meaning. - ToptenPizza

Punk Music is just boring power cord that take little talent to play. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

Punk rock isn't underrated - zxm

When someone says punk, people think of Green Day and Blink-182, which are fantastic bands but they are not true punk, so I find this genre somewhat underrated. - Gruunge

If there wasn't punk, there would be no metal or emo.

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The Contenders

11 Post-rock

I fell in love with this genre and I've been listening since short time ago

Post-rock is one of the best music genres.
Please check it out on 'the American dollar'.

"God Is an Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Long Distance Calling, 65daysofstatic, I Hear Sirens, Sleep Dealer" and many more... - Strobo

12 Experimental Rock
13 Technical Death Metal

Just like the other guy said, completely underrated. These guys are the most amazing musicians that you will ever see. They Incorporate blues, jazz and classical music into the style and take it further. Bias people always say it's noise. I would love to see them pick up the guitar or get behind the drum kit and play like these guys. Problem is, people are like sheep. They don't know what they are missing. They would rather not educate themselves and actually take the time to really listen to what each instrument is doing. Metal is the biggest genre of music in the world and people don't know that.

14 Ska

To be specific here, Ska actually came in the late 50's, and was the precursor to the more well-known reggae music. Ska is special because of its unique rhythm and the way the electric guitar is being played. I understand why some people might not like it, but that hatred towards such influential music is getting way too extreme.

Ska is amazing yet if people ask what music I like and I say Ska they always say "What's Ska? " Operation Ivy, Less Than Jake, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are amazing bands

Ska is just epic. Give it a listen, and you will smile. I suggest Suburban Legends and Reel Big Fish.

Sublime - shiftaltkey

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15 Indie Rock

Indie rock is the absolute pinnacle of music, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, etc. Are just some of the big names in indie rock, it's huge worldwide (Arctic Monkeys are even the MOST popular band in Britain right now) yet a lot of people have never even HEARD of Indie Rock...

Fun., Imagine Dragons, and Arctic Monkeys are all indie rock...that doesn't do them popular favors. - WonkeyDude98

Imagine dragons, arctic monkeys, arcade fire, Kasabian, and more!

Not underrated. - Userguy44

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16 Folk

No one of my friends listens Folk, so it's not quite easy to find new bands or songs... I wish there'd be more awareness for that genre, because it's the most peaceful, but energetic music I know. - stockiiii

Folk and folk rock both are underrated,only few artists are known - zxm

17 Swing Jazz

Swing jazz > Electroswing

18 Dream Pop

Love the vibes of dream pop. - shiftaltkey

This is so underrated. - DynastiNoble

19 Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.

Barley any kids these days listen to it, which makes me sad. - Gruunge

It used to be overrated, but thanks to stupid pop and rap its underrated - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Rock n' Roll doesn't exist anymore. That's the main reason it's simply the best! - TheHabsFan

Since there is no traditional or 80's metal, I guess this is the closest. Most underrated band of the 80's RATT, great musicanship, great songs, good writing. RATT 'N' ROLL...

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20 Disco

Um, metal is amazing but this is just an awesome thing.

Disco is great!

Disco is definitely underrated and unappreciated! The songs are full of life, making me happy to be alive and move my feet to the instrumental music; it's a shame that Metal music and most of the fan base(referring to the type of fans that go and post "LOLZ DICCO sucks AZZ LITEN 2 METAL! 3! 1! " Or "Glad that dicco dyes, daer musuz is uh joke. Meatl or dye! &" Not that sane fans) I'll admit, I hate metal: the songs are overrated and too angry. And mainstream pop music is this a as terrible as meta

21 Electronic Rock

Very underrated pretty sad cause this ia my favorite :(

My favorite genre of rock next to Industrial Rock. Both which are seriously underrated.

22 House

Should be higher

My favorite. - blst0033

23 Psychedelic Rock Psychedelic Rock
24 Blues Blues Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

I honestly prefer blues over metal because of the sheer soul put into it. Actually, without the blues, there would've been no such thing as rock and metal today - Mcgillacuddy

More people should try to listen to the Blues because it's great. - Rambles

Best genre if you are lonely. My favourite is Wes Montgomery! - Strobo

Blues is underrated compared to their legacy works.rock n roll and many other genres came from this genre. - zxm

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25 Reggae

Most genres you hear in America are either any variation of pop (old school and new school), rap (gangsta, faker Lil Wayne etc) rock (punk, alternative, etc), electronic (dubstep, trap, etc), jazz, even classical. It's all overplayed. Most of us can name at least five or ten artists off out heads but what about reggae? Bob marley and his seed, peter tosh, burning spear, who else can people name? Reggae is a very underrepresented genre in the United States. Hell, even indie music has a large following in the US. Most if not all reggae artists write their own songs and they are from the heart. Most reggae deals with issues happening around us like corruption, war, and poverty. Lover's rock, a sub genre of reggae, is also extremely popular and are about treating your partner right and making love, not just about sex. Reggae is very popular here in Hawai'i where it is if not, the most popular genre here.

MOST UNDERRATED GENRE EVER! People know Bob Marley because of smoking pot and that's it, this is a genre of peace, love and full of soul...

Underrated! I think one of the most underrated albums here is "Two Sevens Clash" from Culture

It's underrated in the states because Jamaica was for a very long time a British colony. Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae were imported since the sixties in England ( where it has a big following ) and hardly in the states.

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26 Ambient Pop
27 Atmospheric Black Metal
28 Gospel

This Is One Of My Favorites

Love every gospel songs they are underrated - paasadani

29 Opera
30 Nu Metal

Truth be told, this is my least favorite genre

Not for the faint hearted

Nu Metal isn't underrated - zxm

Its not good but not awful system are awesome

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31 Symphonic Metal

Symphonic metal is truly epic. That's seriously how it's described. Epic movie trailer soundtrack? Symphonic/Symphonic metal. Nightwish is truly an amazing group. Simply beautiful.

Truly beautiful complex music mixing classical music with metal. Heaven

Listen to stargazer - Edgelord

32 Trip Hop

While Chillwave is also on my list, this one definitely takes the cake. If you want to hear an example in this genre of something actually GREAT, then go listen to the album Peeping Tom.

Listen to Kid Cudi fam

33 Downtempo
34 Shoegaze
35 Speed Metal

This is skill, talent what ever you wanna call it! But pop, rap and hip hop are just talentless and quite bland.

One of the purest forms of metal and one of the best. - Metal_Treasure

36 Industrial

Geez. How is this not higher?

37 J-Pop

Although Modern J-Pop isn't my jam, I couldn't find City Pop on here which greatly disappointed me, so this is the closest thing I could find because... Japan? City Pop is a genre of music from Japan after the financial boom in Japan after WW2, the music has a very American disco feel to it and often is just called old J-Pop. It's almost entirely unknown outside of Japan but those who like it, love it. It definitely deserves a spot at the top of this list and because it's missing is just more proof of how unknown and underrated the genre is.

I love J-Pop. I like the group AKB48, especially their song Fortune Cookie. I also like the song Pon Pon- AnimeDrawer85

38 Noise Rock
39 Chillwave

Chill bwave and vaporwave are the most underrate thing here probably people now adays tend to either focus on pop music, r&b, kpop, or other old jamz. But vaporwave/chillwave/synthwave?! Theirs only 1 kid I know one kid in my entire school that actually lostens to chillwave and lofi and actually dresses in aesthetic clothing from time to time (my self included) this needs to be much much higher on the list and I'm sure of it

40 Industrial Dance Music
41 Power Metal

One of the most criminally underrated genres of metal. Not only it requires talent to do the melodic vocals and play the fast melodic riffs of power metal but also the lyrics actually not talk about drugs, party, girls and boys. The lyrics of power metal often are derived from fantasy and mythology and the overall structure of the song can bring excitement and optimism to the listener. If you are not convinced check some great bands of that genre like Stratovarius,Sonata Arctica and Blind Guardian. You may change your mind.

I really do hope that this gets more attention. Metal as a genre should. - 906389

Power metal is underrated,so the artists - zxm

Probably one of the more accessible (and also very skilled, complex and melodic)subgenres of metal, butunknown to people outside the metal community, most of whom think metal is all satanic unmelodic and screaming. Most powermetal is pretty much the exact opposite to it, people really should give it a listen. - Selanya

42 Industrial Rock

Seriously underrated. If you want a good industrial rock band I recommend you check out Nine Inch Nails or Rammstein. Or even Rob Zombie.

Not my favorite genre anymore but I still love it.The mix of electronic sounds and guitar riffs is just amazing.Marilyn Manson,Nine Inch Nails and KMFDM are just a few of the amazing bands in this genre.-DarkBoi-X

43 Trance

I love this genres, so, so,so much

44 Trap
45 Acid Rock
46 New Wave

The best!

47 Krautrock
48 Dance Pop
49 Future Garage
50 Stoner Rock Stoner Rock
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